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Fire in Jakolof Bay - Photo courtesy of Jan Flora

A fire destroyed a sailboat, part of a dock, and some equipment owned by the Jakolof Bay Oyster Company Sunday night. There have been no reported injuries. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Japanese Tank Crew on Kiska - Image Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine

U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service Ranger Naturalist Doug Stuart is also an amateur historian and student of the Aleutian Campaign fought between the U.S. and Japan during World War II. Stuart says the fighting in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has been largely forgotten. But, he says it’s important to remind people of the battles fought and the people impacted. Stuart and KBBI’s Quinton Chandler discuss World War II in Alaska.

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Survival! Bears! Wilderness! Turmoil at the high seas! More bears! This is what Alaska means to millions of reality TV viewers in the lower 48. But to Alaskans, the reality may be a bit different. Alaskans tend to rely on traditional journalism such as radio and newspapers to get their own news on the state. Alaska Press Club high school journalism fellow Audrey Russell explores the gap between the two mediums and how the two will coexist in the future.

Chip Sorenson (left) questions DOT employee - photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI


     The Department of Transportation or DOT plans to improve congestion and safety issues at the intersection of Main Street and the Sterling Highway. They’ll also refurbish Homer’s Lake Street. Their plan has reached what Project Manager Carla Smith calls the 65% level design.

     “It’s the plans in hand design. It’s the first level of design that we send out for review by the supporting sections, local and government agencies, and any other stake holders that are impacted,” says Smith.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer seeks public input on the City Budget.

Kachemak Bay - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

According to a recent NOAA study, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries risk becoming unsustainable by 2040 because of ocean acidification. Over the last week, we’ve heard how a hatchery in Oregon is dealing with changes in ocean chemistry and about groundbreaking genetic research on shellfish adaptability. But the big questions still remain- how far reaching will the effects be and can we mitigate them before it’s too late? KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A popular recreation area in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors once again after suffering a powerful wild land fire. The Card Street Fire is the second wildfire to threaten the refuge in the last year. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports refuge managers expect short term impacts from the blaze to be minimal. And they’ll actively study the changes it has brought to the habitat.

Diagram of upwelling - Photo courtesy of

A recent NOAA study found that by 2040, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries may no longer be sustainable because of ocean acidification, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place. Last week, we reported on a hatchery in Oregon that’s become a model for adapting to these different conditions. But the long term solution may actually lie in shellfish genes. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.